Sarah Ryan Enright

Ocean Governance Researcher

Sarah is an Irish qualified lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from University College Cork, Ireland (UCC) and a Master’s degree in European and International Law from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Sarah qualified as a lawyer in 2007 and practiced before the Irish courts until 2009. Sarah subsequently worked with the European Union and the United Nations on a range of public law issues, covering environmental law, human rights, and international criminal law. Between 2018-2022, Sarah completed a PhD in Marine Environmental Law at UCC, which examined the international legal framework for the establishment of Transboundary Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and associated case studies. As part of this research, Sarah published the first peer reviewed legal analysis of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) in conjunction with the CMAR Secretariat. She has published on ocean law and governance in various media, from academia and grey literature to TV and news media. Since 2022 Sarah has worked as an ocean governance researcher at CDF and is Project Manager for the Deep Ocean Program, which operates across the Eastern Tropical Pacific.